02 July 2008

There goes the "that's just the way I am" excuse

"Much of what I thought was my personality was just sin."

--Andree Seu

(In one of her WORLD magazine columns from forever ago; I've forgotten all but this one line, which continues to haunt me.)


Rebekah said...

I think I remember this article. Would that have been the Year of the Triumvirate? I know I read a really good one on this topic that year, I think in WORLD.

This is one of those things people say that really, really annoys me. News flash, folks: I don't like kids. I'm not creating an army of them because I think it's fun. My tolerance for silliness is right around zero. I loathe stupid songs with motions and picture books and frakking Cootie. I am so sick of listening to crying and complaining and fighting all day. Oh, and I'm not big on the disgusting workings of the human body. I have a bad temper, I'm selfish, lazy, and whiny. The way I am is sinful, and my children suffer for it.

Good luck improving your "personality" with no one demanding it of you 24 hours a day. (Obviously mine hasn't improved even with the assistance.)

Reb. Mary said...

Yup, that's what I'm talking about--and more...that's why this quote gets me every time. Though there are some picture books that I don't mind too much, and a very few that I even like (at least the first 5 times through).

I found the link to the article, which is actually a collection of her aphorisms rather than at treatise on this particular subject:

Gauntlets said...

My personality keeps getting darker whilst by all appearances I get more . . . smiley, I guess. The light/dark divide gets more pronounced with each kid.

I could be bounded in a nutshell were it not that I have bad dreams . . .

But loathing Cootie? Well, that's just inhuman. ;)